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The Dervishes

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • The Dervishes
  • Description

    A row of men wearing long robes and turbans, forming two sets of four with a ninth in the extreme right, all facing to left with their hands joined in front of them, other figures behind and a large building with columns and a small minaret to right, another building behind to left with an arabian arch; engraver's proof.


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1880-1943
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 291 millimetres
    • Width: 403 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed in pencil on the recto by the engraver and annotated by him with the title and 'only 5 prints'.
  • Location

    British XIXc Unmounted Imp

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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